September 26, 2013
Statement on Wisconsin’s Latest Jobs Numbers
MADISON – The following is a statement of Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson on Wisconsin’s latest jobs numbers.
“Newly released federal figures show Wisconsin is stalled when it comes to creating jobs. Over the past year, our state has dropped to 34th in the nation in private sector job growth.
“The numbers do not lie when it comes to pinpointing the cause of Wisconsin’s continued economic recovery breakdown. Prior to Walker’s first budget, Wisconsin was in the top half of the country for job gains for five consecutive quarters. It is no coincidence that immediately after Governor Walker signed this budget into law that Wisconsin spent the next seven consecutive quarters in the bottom half.
“In November 2010, Walker sold Wisconsinites the promise of a vehicle for economic change. Unfortunately, it has become obvious after three years of job creation failure that we were sold a lemon.
“It also looks like our economy won’t be improving anytime soon. This week, Forbes magazine placed Wisconsin at 41st in its 2013 ‘Best States for Business’ rankings behind Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa, which rank 6th, 8th, and 12th respectively. Forbes also projects that Wisconsin will continue to fall and ranked it 45th in the nation in for job growth through 2016. We can’t continue driving down this same road. We owe it to Wisconsin families to try a different route.”